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Top Chef: The Ultimate Burger Challenge

Friday, August 2nd, 2013



Sauce Magazine and Alive Magazine present an epic summer grill-off, Top Chef: The Ultimate Burger Challenge. This homegrown competition features six local chefs pitted against each other for the chance to be crowned Top Chef 2013. Participating are Zach Rice of Three Monkeys, Bob Waters of Blueberry Hill, Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smokehouse, Eric Brenner of Alumni Saint Louis, Ian Craig of Sub Zero Vodka Bar and Matt Galati of The Dam. The chefs will grill up their best burgers, and attendees can sample each one in mini form.

Tickets, available here, are $25 online or $30 at the door. Attendees will receive six mini burgers, two complimentary beverages and enjoy live entertainment.

What: Live grill-off, tasting and entertainment

When: Aug. 18, Noon – 4 p.m.

Where: Circa Properties, 5501 Pershing Ave., St. Louis



The Scoop: WUSTL Loop Development gets a 24-hour diner and a grocery store

Thursday, July 18th, 2013



Joe Edwards, owner of numerous venues in The Loop, is adding another attraction to Delmar Boulevard. So too is Suchin Prapaisilp, owner of Global Foods Market, King and I and co-founder of Jay International Food Co.

In a press release from Washington University in St. Louis, the university announced today that Edwards will open Peacock Loop Diner at The Lofts of Washington University, an $80 million retail and student apartment development currently under construction. Global Foods Market, which currently has a location in Kirkwood, will be the other anchor tenant for the 4.4 acre project. The diner and the nearly 15,000-square-foot grocery store both are slated to open in August 2014.

“The two things I felt were missing [in The Loop] were a grocery store and something open 24/7,” said Joe Edwards. “A year from now, we’ll be a true 24/7 neighborhood.”

Peacock Loop Diner will feature classic diner fare, but Edwards also hopes to offer some creative menu items and dishes with an international flair. The culinary team has yet to be determined, although Edwards noted Rob Mueller, currently bar manager at Blueberry Hill, will be the diner’s general manager. “I’m open to a good creative chef,” said Edwards. “If some chefs out there are interested, I’d be open to talking to them.”

Located at 6261 Delmar Blvd., the 4,875-square-foot diner will seat somewhere between 100 and 120 guests, surmised Edwards, who will work with architectural firm Kiku Obata and Company, designers of The Pageant, another of Edwards’ businesses in The Loop.

-Photo by Carmen Troesser

Drink This Weekend Edition: Where to rally this weekend

Friday, October 21st, 2011

101811_pinksquirrelAvid sports fans usually show their support by donning their team’s colors. With the Redbirds in the World Series, we figure we’ll run into a bunch of No. 5 white jersey wearers this weekend. But Cardinals Nation can do more than throw on champ gear while the Cards are on the road. Get a seat by the TV and sport your enthusiasm with a color-coordinated beverage.

If you’re tracking the infamous rally squirrel, your drink of choice this weekend should be a Pink Squirrel. At Al’s Restaurant, located downtown at 1200 N. First St., this drink will be served in its classic form, as a frozen cocktail that blends amaretto, Chambord and white crème de cacao with ice cream and ice for $12. (Order any food item at Al’s during the World Series and mention this article or the restaurant’s website, Facebook or Twitter post, and you’ll be served a complimentary Pink Rally Squirrel.)

A Pink Squirrel is also being featured at Blueberry Hill. But instead of preparing it as a frozen ice cream cocktail, The Loop restaurant serves a Pink Squirrel of cream, white crème de cocoa, grenadine and amaretto, shaken over ice and strained. For $5, you can afford to rally around that. Drink enough Pink Squirrels and we’re sure you’ll spot one at Rangers Ballpark.

Rather sip a nice glass of wine during the games? Forget what the weather calls for and just ask for the rosé at Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine. This weekend, the Chesterfield restaurant and wine shop is featuring a Tavel rosé, hailing from France’s Rhône Valley. Rosés being Tavel’s sole designation, you can trust this Cardinals-colored wine is going to be good. Nab a bottle for $17 or sip on a glass for just $6. Have a group who wants to sport Redbirds colors? Order the Veritas brandy-spiked sangria ($15/pitcher, $6/glass).

For a truly World Series drink lineup, head to the The Lobby Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton where a special cocktail menu has been created for this baseball showdown. With six mixed drinks on the list, each $12, you’ve got enough options to last well into extra innings. While Pujols is (hopefully) busy pounding balls out of the ballpark , you can pound a Carpenter’s Nail (Johnnie Walker Black with a hint of Drambuie and a twist of lemon), then settle into your seat with a Happy Flight – a trio of autumnal Schlafly brews. Need muchies? The Ritz has a special ballpark concessions menu just for Cardinals Nation.

Go Cards!

The Scoop: Tom Schmidt to open Nico in old Brandt’s space

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

090711_FRANCOMinutes ago, Tom Schmidt signed the lease on the building at 6525 Delmar Blvd., that was formerly occupied by Brandt’s Café, which closed earlier this year. Schmidt, who also owns Franco in Soulard, told The Scoop that he considers the restaurant, to be called Nico, “Franco’s Little Brother.” “It will be a little more approachable, affordable and casual” than the French-inspired Franco, he explained, and will feature a small, farm-to-table menu. Chris Williams, currently the executive chef at Franco, will also be manning the kitchen at Nico.

As a native of U. City, Schmidt said he was excited when the Brandt’s space became available. Building owner Joe Edwards – who owns fellow U. City eateries Eclipse and Blueberry Hill as well – also expressed his pleasure at the addition of Nico to the local restaurant scene. “It adds as a whole new dimension to The Loop,” he noted.

Architectural plans are currently being finalized for Nico, which is being designed by Space Architecture + Design, the firm that also designed Franco. “It was the first restaurant that Space designed,” Schmidt said. He is hoping for a December 1 opening date.

Edwards makes first change to Blueberry Hill burger in decades

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

122010_blueberryhill“A few years back, when Aerosmith was beginning their U.S. tour in St. Louis, [guitarist] Joe Perry was on the CBS news and said, ‘I can’t wait to be in St. Louis and have a great hamburger at Blueberry Hill,’” recounted Joe Edwards, owner of the Delmar Loop eatery.

Joe Perry – and everyone else who digs the food at Edwards’ local landmark – now has one more option when it comes to topping the restaurant’s famous burger. Diners have long been able to choose between blue, soft Cheddar, Swiss, American, Provel and pepper cheese to top their cheeseburgers, but now they’ve got one more option: goat cheese. While this might seem like a tiny tweak for some restaurants, this is the first change Edwards has made to his legendary burgers in at least 20 years, he said. If it’s not broke why fix it, right?

His inspiration was simple enough: “At Eclipse [another Edwards property], one night I had a dish with goat cheese, and I realized, wow, that’d be great on a burger at Blueberry Hill,” he recalled. (Those burgers, incidentally, arrive on buns made just for Edwards by Creve Coeur’s Pratzel’s Bakery.)

Joe Perry likes the burgers, but how does Blueberry Hill regular Chuck Berry feel about them? “Chuck was in just a few days ago,” noted Edwards. “He loves the chicken noodle soup and the mild wings. We’ve actually got a quote from him on the menu. He once said, ‘I don’t come here for the music – I come here for the wings.’”

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